Last year should have been our tenth year of running this event but of course the pandemic put an end to that. Nevertheless we decided to press ahead this year inspite of the ongoing uncertainties.
We knew it would be a smaller event than usual with many dancers having life changes during this period and others still unsure about attending events. However we thought it was important to press ahead to give dancers the opportunity to “test the water” in a smaller environment and brush off the cobwebs. For others, who will hopefully be competing at Blackpool in October and November it was also a good opportunity to gain some match practice after such a long break away from the floor.
Whilst smaller than usual we were pleased to see how many turned out to support and were especially pleased with the response from our own school. Everyone in the team worked so hard to prepare themselves for the event with some having new material to learn and others having to take to the floor in the Solo events which was another new experience. Brooke and Chloe were also competing in their first events as Juniors and looked really lovely in their junior dresses. Everyone put in great performances and were a credit to the team. There were a few shaky starts as you might expect at the first event for such a long time but soon the competitive edge kicked in and it was like we’d never been away.
Results weren’t important today it was all about getting back on the floor rembering how to perform and reminding ourselves why we love dancing so much. Well done to all involved.
Huge thanks also to our team of helpers without whom it wouldn’t be possible to put on such events: Joan, Ruth, Jean, Julie, Chris, Janice and Brian. It was great to see Allison and Hazel come along to support as well and I am sure everyone was pleased to be able to catch up with dancing freinds once more.
Boris was so excited to see everyone back again and enjoyed catching up with his chums once more although he did remark on some notable absences! He hopes to be able to see them again at the next event however.